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Man Charged with Negligent Homicide Pleads Not Guilty

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The man accused of being behind the wheel of a fatal hit and run accident in Dickinson last November enters a plea of not guilty.

47-year-old Timothy Menges appeared in court for his preliminary hearing Monday afternoon.

Timothy J. Menges is charged with negligent homicide for causing the death of Tracy Freer by fatally hitting him with his pickup.

The lead investigator testified in court that Menges admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol from Champ's bar--into the Queen City Motel parking lot November 21st around one a.m.

Menges told officers that he knew Tracy, who was out in the parking lot of his motel.

"So he stopped, rolled down his window, and at this time he said that Tracy started yelling at him that he almost ran his dog over, and began to assault Mr. Menges." says Travis Leintz, lead investigator

Menges then told police that he accelerated onto Villard.

"As he was looking to see if there was headlights coming from the west, he was exiting the parking lot and he said what he felt was a bump." says Leintz.

Menges told the investigator that he thought he had hit a pothole or Tracy's dog, but he did not stop.

In March, a female told police that Menges had confided to her about hitting Tracy.

"He said how does someone come forward with something like this, he was kind of worried about the driving under suspension, and being intoxicated." says Leintz.

"There is at least some evidence that he acted without regard to the risk of injury to Mr. Freer..." says district judge, Dann Greenwood.

The courtroom was packed with friends and family of Tracy Freer, as Menges entered a not guilty plea.

Negligent homicide is a class "c" felony that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a five thousand dollar fine.

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